Baltimore Soup Company Coming to 2 East Wells

| August 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

The retail portion of 2 East Wells is now fully leased as Baltimore Soup Company is opening a 2,000 sq. ft. fast-casual restaurant. It will join restaurant At Light’s End (now Minnow), which is currently under construction, at the South Baltimore development that includes 153 apartments and a 260-car parking garage.

Baltimore Soup Company is the creation of husband and wife team David and Lisa Redmond. After 30 years in the golf industry, David joined his wife in the culinary industry in 2002 when they launched Café Gourmet in Towson. The fast-casual restaurant, which focused on sandwiches, soups and salads, quickly grew to six locations around Baltimore and one in Philadelphia. They eventually sold the locations to operators but still run one location at the UM BioPark in Hollins Market. They opened similar restaurants around the region and still own Fresh Farms Café in Lancaster, PA.

David told SouthBMore.com that Baltimore Soup Company is a “fine-tuning” of all the fast casual cafés and restaurants they have opened. “We found that no matter the time of year, soup was our number one item,” he said. David credited this to Lisa, the chef, and her 200-plus soup recipes, as well as the fact that the soups are always made fresh. They have a commissary in Timonium where the soups and other items are made each day.

David compared Baltimore Soup Company to a local version of Panera Bread with freshly-prepared, never frozen foods. They will have six to eight soups available every day, all of which come with bread or which can be served in a bread bowl. They will also have six to eight types of sandwiches and salads, as well as other prepared meals, espressos, coffees, and specialty drinks.

Maryland Crab Soup will always be on the menu using Lisa’s grandmother’s recipe. Other popular rotations will include Chicken Pot Pie, Tomato Basil Bisque, Loaded Baked Potato, Cream of Tomato with Chicken and Orzo, and others. Their sandwiches include freshly-cooked meats, local veggies, and homemade spreads. There will be a focus on chicken and turkey sandwiches with additional options available. Their breads will be made at different bakeries in the region including Baltimore’s American Hearth. Salads will include the same fresh ingredients and house dressings. Soup, salad, and sandwich combos will be available.

Baltimore Soup Company will also be open for breakfast. David said they are still working with the team to come up with an “upscale” breakfast menu with healthy items.

At Baltimore Soup Company, customers will order at the counter and wait for their number to be called. They will have indoor seating, as well as outdoor seating in the warmer months.

David told SouthBMore.com they were drawn to 2 East Wells because of the chance to work with Larry Macks and the team at Chesapeake Realty Partners, the building’s owner. He is excited about the “built-in” audience surrounding the space with more than 500 apartments within a block and ZeroFox located across the street. He’s also excited about all the growth coming to Port Covington, which is less than two blocks away.

Baltimore Soup Company will open in 2 East Wells in early 2017 and will hire 20 to 30 people.

Before opening at 2 East Wells, Baltimore Soup Company will be launching its first location Downtown at the Charles Plaza Food Court at 222 N. Charles St. They are leasing a 500 sq. ft. space and customers will be able to eat at the common seating in the court. They expect this location to open in about 60 days. They also recently signed a lease to open in Timonium.

The Redmonds will focus on these three locations before planning any future growth.

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